The Clever Pill
Thursday 9 February 2012, 19.00-20.30
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Pills to make you smarter may be here, but should we use them?
Ritalin may improve focus and memory for everyone, not just
children with attention deficit disorder. It is one of several
‘smart drugs’ said to be in common use on university campuses and
other environments where a competitive edge can come from improved
cognitive ability. The range of cognitive enhancements available is
set to widen through drugs and other forms of medical intervention.
But are they safe? Will they create a more unequal society? Will
they be forced upon people? Do they in some deep sense violate our
true, human nature, or are we at the dawn of a brave new world of
smarter, more productive populations where humans can more fully
achieve their potential?
James Rowe, Wellcome Trust
Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science
Bennett Foddy, Deputy
Director and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Martin School's
Institute for Science and Ethics
Simon Wessely, Institute of
Psychiatry, Kings College
Presenter, BBC Radio 4
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